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The Residents: The King and Eye ***½ (Enigma)

Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 8 February 1990

CLOAKED IN anonymity, the Residents have spent fifteen years playfully dancing around music's strangest regions to create a vast, influential and mostly enjoyable body of willfully antimainstream work. Bizarre vocals, dizzying concepts and blithe disregard for rules and tradition are the hallmarks of this mysterious San Francisco group — the band's members are unnamed, always masked and have never been publicly identified — which has proven equallyadept at audio realizations of Eskimo culture, intricate narrative epics and scabrous parodies of Sixties pop.

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